Flesh For Fantasy: The Specter of Sexual Consumption in American Literature
Due to the ungoing strike action in the UK higher education sector, the deadline for proposals has been extended to 9 April, 2018.
Confirmed keynotes: Adrian Martin, Laura Mulvey, George Toles
Symposium dates: 4-5 September 2018
Fifty year after the assassination of Martin Luther King, the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s is frequently memorialized as a moment of almost inevitable national redemption, when a call to the better angels of American consciousness brought the country together to overcome injustices that no longer plague the present. As historian Jeanne Theoharis argues in A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History (2018, this interpretative frame has frequently constructed a self-congratulatory discourse that whitewashes the immense obstacles and violence faced by the Civil Rights movement and its leaders, rather than soberly remember the “dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear” that, in Dr.
In an era rife with cultural anxieties, the role of the multicultural writer is more vital than ever, particularly when the cultural norms of those existing outside of mainstream culture are increasingly challenged, censured, or overshadowed by the biases of the majority. Whether by documenting the disorienting experiences of immigrants seeking to establish new lives in places far from their countries of origin or the decades-long struggles of minorities to gain a firmer foothold in the societies around them, multicultural writers often serve as chroniclers of the cultures from which their characters—and they themselves—come, providing their readers with a deeper appreciation for the rich histories and traditions that shape those cultures and ideally hel
“Towards an Aesthetics of South Texas Women Artists” aims to recover and analyze regional artistic productions to get at a sense of what characterizes South Texas women’s art and literature in relation to the area as well as to the larger traditions of women’s regionalist writing and art.
- We welcome proposals that seek to analyze the artistic production of South Texas women (literary, visual arts, and music).
- We also welcome readings or presentations of creative work by South Texas women.
Send a 250-word abstract to Dr. Susan Roberson (firstname.lastname@example.org) by July 30, 2018.
In keeping with the MMLA conference theme, “Consuming Cultures,” the Religion and Literature permanent section welcomes proposals that address works and writers who explore the ways in which religion and consumerism and consumption intersect. This topic could be considered in a multitude of ways. Religious practice often involves food—both in preparation and consumption—as the center of observance and practice. On the other hand, consumerism, specifically the purchase and/or display of products, is also present in many expressions of 20th and 21st Century religiosity. This is perhaps best depicted in the “megachurch,” but also in the ever-broadening “religious” sub-genres of fiction and film.
This panel explores the role and representation of queer kinships and affiliations in the life and work of Christopher Isherwood. 250-word abstract and short bio by 18 March 2018; Eleri Watson (email@example.com).
Call for Papers
‘It Is True, We Shall Be Monsters’: New Perspectives on Horror, Science Fiction and the Monstrous Onscreen.
Wednesday 13th of June 2018
Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Dr Laura Mee and Dr Johnny Walker
Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Panel at Midwest MLA 2018
This year’s Midwest Modern Language Association Convention will be held in Kansas City, MO November 15th-18th. Please see the conference website for details: http://www.luc.edu/mmla/convention/.
The SAMLA 90 Fighters from the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and their Allies will be held at the Sheraton Birmingham in Birmingham, AL, from November 2-4, 2018.
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA
This panel intends to examine the works of Muslim American poets, novelists, playwrights, jazz musicians, punks, hip hop artists, mipsters, filmmakers, and visual artists, through the lens of social and political activism. Papers are invited that explore the diverse compositions of Muslim American identities in literary and cultural texts as reflections of grassroots or macropolitical movements.